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July 10, 2006 - Ilakaka, Madagascar. Dozen of miners digging in hope of finding sapphire. One third of what they find goes to the owner of the mine. The rest, they sell for whatever they can get, to buyers, mostly strangers from Pakistan, Tha?land and Sri Lanka. When asked, they said not having a clue of the value of their finding. "The buyers and their employees fixe the price" said one of them...Ilakaka is a mushroom village that came out of the desert when a Sapphire mine was discovered in 1998. It is a chaotic and lawless place with violence, prostitution, corruption and high social problem..MDM (Medecins du Monde) has an HIV/AIDS project with the health branch of the Lutherian Church and work with the local workers to ease the medical problem resulting from these social problems and built a medical center with doctors, medications, Blood analysis laboratory and social worker.
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